Do you know how to wash soft toys safely ?
It can be such a worry can’t it!
My son has this orang-utan
He is a much loved, much cuddled, well travelled bear who lives in our house. He most certainly needs a wash.
Do you have someone like that living in your house? Mr. Orangutan once got left in Greece. Many tears ensued and oh my goodness were we completely delighted when the very kind owners of the villa we stayed in found him and sent him home.
He had been most carefully looked after ever since.
Favourite teddies are most precious aren’t they!
‘Care For Your Bear’ is a new campaign launched by Dettol to encourage us to get washing our children’s soft toys.
Should we wash soft toys
The campaign aims to highlight the importance of keeping children’s soft toys hygienically clean, especially after they have been ill, in order to keep our kids healthy and stop the germs spreading. It makes total sense right? We all do that don’t we?
Dettol found that the vast majority of teddies are not washed after a child has been ill and that 20% of our kids favourite cuddlies have in fact never ever been washed. Oops.
It’s all a bit ick!
How often should we wash soft toys
Dettol’s research showed that 25% of teddy bears contained bacteria linked to faeces and 66% contained straphylococcus aureus which is a microbe linked to skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning.
Have look at the infographic and I bet you’ll be gathering teddies to wash just as soon as you finish reading! It’s a actually a serious health hazard not to ….
I have to say part of what puts me off washing teddies is the fact I do not want to spoil them or my clothes. Bear-ing that in mind, here is some teddy washing advice…
How to wash soft toys safely
You can pop over to the Dettol Care For Your Bear Twitter page @DettolTeddy to find out more
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